The Copperas Cove Lady Bulldawgs softball team will participate in the postseason for the second consecutive year.
“I’m excited for the girls to advance to the playoffs,” said head coach Bryan Waller. “They’re a true team on the field and off the field. They cheer for each other, they believe in each other and they have each others’ backs.”
The Lady Dawgs defeated host Temple on Tuesday upping their District 8-5A record to 8-5 (16-13 overall) and clinched their playoff spot.
“All of our girls have made contributions to the success of this team,” Waller said. “Carlee Duran has stood out with her pitching, she’s been great. She has excellent movement on her pitches and now our infield is able to adjust once that ball leaves her hand.”
Waller mentioned speed on the base paths as another key to the team’s success.
“We’ve got speed throughout our lineup,” Waller said. “And just having that speed has helped us beat out grounders and get on base.”
Waller gave credit to the entire team with regard to RBIs.
“Top to bottom, No. 1 to No. 9, on any given night, we can get a clutch hit from anyone,” Waller said.
“Our biggest RBI hitters have been Irene Espinoza and Autumn Hughes. But, again, I’m pleased that everyone has been coming up with big hits.”
Recently Angel Mullen was moved from the outfield to catcher.
“Due to our catcher having to move out of town, we needed someone solid to move behind the plate,” Waller said. “I said to Angel, ‘You’re the catcher,’ and she replied, ‘Yes, sir,’ and she has stepped up big.
“Angel is a hustler, a go-getter. She’s got the fire we need back there.”
The playoffs start on April 29.
“We’ve gotten better in the second half of district play,” Waller said. “Our defense has been playing great. Our girls are going into the playoffs with a lot of confidence. They believe they can play with anybody.”